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Moffat County
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Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
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Colorado's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Founded February 27, 1911
Named for David H. Moffat
Seat Craig
Largest city Craig
 • Total 4,751 sq mi (12,310 km2)
 • Land 4,743 sq mi (12,280 km2)
 • Water 7.6 sq mi (20 km2)  0.2%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2.8/sq mi (1.1/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Moffat County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 13,292. The county seat is Craig. With an area of 4,751 square miles, it is the 2nd largest county by area in Colorado, behind Las Animas County.

Moffat County comprises the Craig, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Steamboat Springs-Craig, CO Combined Statistical Area.


Moffat County was created out of the western portion of Routt County on February 27, 1911. The county was named for David H. Moffat, a Colorado tycoon who died in 1911. His railroad, the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific, attempted to build a route from Denver to Salt Lake City. In 1913, a reorganized railroad, the Denver & Salt Lake, reached as far as Craig, the county seat, but no further. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, all Colorado District Courts were held in Denver, Colorado, in the State courthouse there, due to a lack of funds to build courthouses locally. All murder trials were held in Denver, in the District Courts. Allegedly, so many politically motivated murders occurred between the predominantly liberal, then, eastern Routt County, Colorado residents and the predominantly conservative, then, western Routt County residents, that the presiding judges—tired of presiding over these murder trials—requested that the State legislature split Routt County into what is now Routt and Moffat County; the legislature complied.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,751 square miles (12,310 km2), of which 4,743 square miles (12,280 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is the second-largest county by area in Colorado.

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National protected areas

Scenic byway

Major highways

Moffat County, Colorado
Entering Moffat County from the east on U.S. Route 40.
  • US 40.svg U.S. Highway 40
  • Colorado 13.svg State Highway 13
  • Colorado 64.svg State Highway 64
  • Colorado 317.svg State Highway 317
  • Colorado 318.svg State Highway 318
  • Colorado 394.svg State Highway 394
  • WY-70.svg Wyoming Highway 70


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 5,129
1930 4,861 −5.2%
1940 5,086 4.6%
1950 5,946 16.9%
1960 7,061 18.8%
1970 6,525 −7.6%
1980 13,133 101.3%
1990 11,357 −13.5%
2000 13,184 16.1%
2010 13,795 4.6%
2020 13,292 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,184 people, 4,983 households, and 3,577 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 5,635 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.61% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.17% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. 9.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,983 households, out of which 38.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.50% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,528, and the median income for a family was $45,511. Males had a median income of $37,288 versus $22,080 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,540. About 6.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.




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